Katie Hopkins permanently removed from Twitter

Nicola Slawson – The Guardian June 19, 2020

The controversial rightwing commentator Katie Hopkins has had her Twitter account permanently suspended for violating the platform’s “hateful conduct” policy.

Hopkins, who has been repeatedly retweeted by the US president, Donald Trump, and had more than 1.1 million followers, was removed to “keep Twitter safe”, according to the social media platform.

The move came hours after she had complained that her blue “verified” check mark, which lets users know that an account is authentic, had been removed. A spokesperson for Twitter confirmed her removal to the Guardian.

The statement read: “Keeping Twitter safe is a top priority for us. Abuse and hateful conduct have no place on our service and we will continue to take action when our rules are broken.

“In this case, the account has been permanently suspended for violations of our hateful conduct policy.”

According to Twitter’s website, that policy prohibits promoting violence against or directly attacking or threatening people based on race, ethnicity, national origin, caste, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religion, age, disability or serious disease.

Hopkins has been heavily criticised in the past for her comments, including comparing migrants to cockroaches and claiming the photograph of a dead Syrian boy lying on a beach that sparked a wave of compassion across Europe was staged (see below), as well as stating that people with dementia should not “block” hospital beds.

Recently, she has been criticising the Black Lives Matter movement as well as the government’s decision to offer free meals to children during school holidays, a campaign driven by the Manchester United footballer Marcus Rashford.

In her final tweets before the ban, she celebrated hitting 1.1 million followers and urged her fans to follow her on Instagram.

Hopkins, who rose to prominence as a contestant on The Apprentice, regularly tweets pro-Trump, pro-Brexit and anti-immigration messages, and has launched a series of attacks on the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan. In January, she was temporarily locked out of the platform for violating its anti-hate policy.

In 2018, Hopkins was forced to apply for an insolvency agreement to avoid bankruptcy after a costly libel case involving the food writer Jack Monroe. She previously wrote for Rebel Media, the Canadian far-right firm that has also employed the former English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson.

She parted ways with Mail Online, for which she wrote a regular column, in late 2017, a few months after losing her LBC radio show, on which she called for a “final solution” in response to the Manchester Arena terrorist attack.

Being removed from Twitter could prove to be a major blow to Hopkins’ profile. Previous far-right figures who have been banned, including Milo Yiannopoulos and Alex Jones, have struggled for relevance afterwards.

The Guardian has approached both Instagram and a representative for Hopkins for comment.


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8 responses to “Katie Hopkins permanently removed from Twitter”

  1. The “ZIONIST” Jews are at it again !!!

  2. Just another Troll for you know who, just like Tommy Robinson!

  3. some years back I was curious nd went along to couple of anti racist meetings
    the people there were the biggest bunch of hateful racists I ever met
    The Hope not Hate bus stopped near where I work they asked one of the spice girls if she would be a poster girl against racism, she said she would if they would drop their racist campaign against Palestinians, they told her leave now and don’t come back and threw her bag and coat off the bus after her

  4. Tony Robinson = agent provocateur

    Milo Yiannopoulos = Jewish pervert, mentally unstable person, freak.

    Katie Hopkins = ???

    Probably a hero. Fake news, fake heroes and fake heroines.

    St. Vladimir Lenin: The best way to control oppostion is to lead one.

  5. Hopkins is most likely a “double agent”……she is a Catholic Marrano of course.

    You could speculate that since she worked for the army’s intelligence unit…..she transferred to civvy street and started to work for the British Secret Police AKA MI5.
    Her trip to South Africa was “unusual” to say the least…
    Of course it would be wise to be extremely circumspect around ‘Opkins…

  6. @ Eddie. Yes, I agree. Part of the left/right dialectic being used to enslave and drive human emotions. Didn’t she work for the BBC ? hmmm When the pubs open the regulars will be lifting their pints to “good ole Tommy and Kate”….

    (I recall Hopkins claimed to have visited Manchester bombing survivors somewhere in her narrative. Those who’ve watched Richard Hall’s documentaries might want to further ask questions of “who she really is”. )

  7. Back when Twitter was first starting up one of my close friends repeatedly suggested that I join it, but I had a bad feeling about it so I didn’t join it. A short time earlier I had been permanently banned from Fakebook for posting a humorous (and quite derogatory) comment about George Bush. It didn’t take me long to figure out that they had done me a huge favor by banning me. I suspected Twitter to be the same genre of shit forum as Fakebook, and as it turns out I was right. When I read the intro to this video it made me feel glad that I never did join Twitter.

  8. Katie Hopkins?
    I like that woman and I like her real English style.
    When I hear her voice and hear her talking it reminds me of a lovely English Breakfast.